Crops won't be saved by recent rain.

According to the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), the recent rainfall is not enough to revive drought-hit cereal crops and that sustained rainfall was needed to ensure cereal crops survive.

 

CLA East Midlands Director, Andrew Shirley, said that it would take more than a few showers to ensure grain crops are brought to healthy levels.  A drought could mean failed crops and higher food prices, he said.

"We have been experiencing the second driest spring since records began.

"A drought status will mean a crackdown on farmers taking water from rivers to irrigate fields, increasing the risk of failed crops and causing the cost of food to rocket."

Mr Shirley voiced his fears to farm minister Jim Paice during talks at Cereals 2011 in Lincolnshire.

Reform of the water abstraction licensing system should not prevent land managers from receiving a fair allocation of water, said Mr Shirley.

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